Anirban Lahiri climbed to a career-high of 37th place in the World Golf Rankings on Monday following his triumph at the co-sanctioned Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.
The breakthrough win on the European Tour helped the 27-year-old Lahiri jump 36 places in the standings, according to a statement.
The Bengaluru golfer’s 37th place in the world rankings is the second-best ever by an Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh, who was in the top 30 in March 2009. While this is the first week in the top 50 for Lahiri, Jeev spent a total of 66 weeks at different times in top 50. “Winning big events is always a goal and for us, winning the Hero Indian Open means a lot because it is our National Open. In the last few years, I have come close and was tied second last time around, so I would like to set that record straight,” Lahiri was quoted as saying.
Lahiri has already qualified for the British Open following his victory at the Thailand Golf Championships late last year and on current form, he should also get into PGA Championships.
If he stays inside the top 50 till the week before the Masters, he will also get an invite for the year’s first Major and should also get him into the US Open.